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County
Walker
Region
Pineywoods
Population
2010 Census - 510
2000 Census - 425
Nearby
Towns
Riverside, Texas
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Riverside Texas History:
Riverside was founded in 1872 on the west bank of the Trinity River by the Houston and Great Northern Railroad. That same year the Newport post office moved to Riverside. During the town’s early years Riverside’s economy was based on cotton. Cotton was replaced by lumber as the main industry. Lumber’s importance was later replaced by livestock. Two refineries were built after oil was discovered in the 1920s. Riverside incorporated in 1968. The construction of Lake Livingston in the late 1960s and early 1970s brought an influx of tourists to the area which helped the town’s economy. Riverside is situated where the Trinity River flows into Lake Livingston a few miles from the Sam Houston National Forest. Several marinas and boat ramps are located in Riverside on Lake Livingston. Riverside is located at the intersections of SH 19, FM 980 (Lick Prairie Road) and FM 405, 13 miles northeast of Huntsville, 35 miles south of Crockett, 7 miles southwest of Trinity, 26 miles southwest of Groveton, 42.5 miles northwest of Livingston, 28 miles northwest of Onalaska, 42 miles northeast of Conroe, 25.8 miles northeast of New Waverly, and 21 miles northeast of Point Blank, Texas.
 
Daisy's Diner:
The diner serves a bit of everything including appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, southern cooking, Tex-Mex and soul food. The food is very good. Open Mon-Sat, 11am-8pm. (936) 594-3081. 3687 SH 19. 
 
Birding - TEXAS PRAIRIES AND PINEYWOODS EAST BIRDING TRAIL:
Big Sandy Loop:  Livingston, Goodrich, Point blank, Coldspring, Huntsville, Riverside, Trinity, Cleveland, Montgomery
Pineywoods Bird Checklist
Walker County Bird Checklist with Photos
Huntsville State Park Bird Checklist

Mosquito Information:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
Trinity River:
The Trinity River rises in three principal branches, the East Fork, the Elm Fork, and the West Fork; a shorter and smaller fourth stream is named the Clear Fork. The East Fork of the Trinity River rises in central Grayson County and flows south seventy-eight miles, through Collin, Rockwall, Dallas, and Kaufman Counties, to the southwestern part of Kaufman County, where it joins the West Fork. The Elm Fork of the Trinity rises in eastern Montague County and flows southeast eighty-five miles, through Cooke and Denton Counties, to its confluence with the West Fork at the beginning of the Trinity River proper just north of Hampton Road, a mile west of downtown Dallas. The Clear Fork of the Trinity rises in northwestern Parker County and flows forty-five miles to join the West Fork of the Trinity at Fort Worth in central Tarrant County. From the junction of the East and West Forks the Trinity River Proper continues southeast, forming the boundaries between several Texas counties. It then cuts across northern Walker County to form a portion of the county line between Walker and Trinity counties and the county line between Trinity and San Jacinto, and San Jacinto and Polk Counties. At the northern county line of Liberty County the Trinity turns almost directly south, cutting across Liberty and Chambers Counties, to its mouth on Trinity Bay just west of Anahuac. The Trinity flows 423 miles from the confluence of the Elm and West Forks to the coast, making it the longest river having its entire course in Texas. In addition to several dams on the river’s tributaries, the Trinity is dammed just above Camilla in San Jacinto County to form Livingston Reservoir. Other river lakes include Grapevine Lake, Lavon Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Lake Arlington, Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lewisville Lake. Cities located on the Trinity River include Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland, Irving, Richardson, Plano, Grand Prairie, Baytown, Mesquite, Camilla and Anahuac. Clear Fork Fish Stocking History  Trinity River Fish Stocking History
 
Sam Houston National Forest Information:
This 163,037 acre forest is located in Montgomery, San Jacinto and Walker Counties, 50 miles north of Houston between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. Evergreen, New Waverly, and Phelps, Texas are located near the forest’s recreation facilities. The Sam Houston National Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept of programs which include recreation, fish and wildlife, timber, grazing, soil and water, and minerals. All programs are planned to maintain a balance among the benefits, yet provide for public needs. Forest Service objectives, by law, must consider all resources of the forest and no single resource can be emphasized to the detriment of others. Activities include hunting, fishing, birding, camping, OHV riding, hiking and biking, and picnicking. The entire forest is managed as a Wildlife Management Area by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Not all lands located within the forest boundaries on a map are public land; some of the land is private property. The boundaries between public land and private property are marked with signs and red paint. Entry signs are placed on major roads to indicate the road is entering a national forest. Huntsville State Park and the northern portion of Lake Conroe are located within the forest. The forest service district manager’s office is located 3 miles west of New Waverly on FM 1375.For more complete forest information, go to the Sam Houston National Forest Home Page. Sam Houston Forest Facilities Map 
 
San Houston National Forest WMA Information:
The entire 161,508 acre Sam Houston Forest is a Wildlife Management Area. The WMA is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department under a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Fishing, trapping, and public hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, waterfowl, dove, other migratory game birds, squirrel, quail, rabbits, hares, predators, furbearers, and frogs is permitted. A bird checklist is available at the headquarters. Other outdoor activities include camping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Designated primitive and developed campsites are available. Equestrian amenities include pens and designated campsites. All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins Test. Some restrooms and campsites are ADA compliant. Bring your own drinking water. Huntsville State Park and the northern portion of Lake Conroe are located in the national forest. For more complete WMA information, go the Sam Houston National Forest WMA Home Page. From New Waverly take FM 1375 west three miles to Sam Houston National Forest Ranger Station.
 
Dave Scott Cox's Palmetto Hunting & Fishing Guide Service, Riverside:
Scott offers guided duck and geese hunting trips, and fishing trips. (936) 291-9602. Lodging is available at Bethy Hill Guest House at Bethy Creek Resort. From Riverside take SH 19 north to FM 980; go approximately 1 mile and turn left on Shorewood Drive.
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
 
Huntsville State Park Information:
This heavily wooded 2,083 acre park lies in the Pineywoods of the Sam Houston National Forest. The purchase of the parkland was funded by bonds sold by Walker County in 1936. The park lands were chosen because a recreational lake could be formed by building a dam below the junction of Big and Little Chiquapin Creeks. In October, 1937 the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) began construction on the dam which created the 210 surface acre Lake Raven. CCC workers also built the group recreation hall, the frame pump house, stone culverts and the stone road curbing. During a rainstorm on November 24, 1940, the dam spillway collapsed. It was repaired in April 1956, and the park opened to the public on May, 18, 1956. The tannin from the pine trees gives the lake water a slight brownish color. Habitat consists of piney woods dominated by loblolly and shortleaf pines. Wildlife species include white-tailed deer, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, migratory waterfowl and fox squirrels; alligators are occasionally observed in Lake Raven. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the Park Information Brochure, watch the Park Video and go to the Huntsville State Park Home Page. The park is located 6 miles southwest of Huntsville, Texas. From IH-45, take Park Road 40, six miles to the park entrance.
 
Lake Livingston Information: 
The Lake Livingston Dam on the Trinity River was designed by Brown and Root, Inc. and completed by Forrest and Cotton, Inc. in 1969. The City of Houston and the Trinity River Authority own the Dam. The Trinity River Authority owns Lake Livingston and, in cooperation with the City of Houston, has acquired and operates numerous parks on the lake. The reservoir is used for municipal, industrial, irrigation, and recreation purposes. The towns of Blanchard, Pointblank, Coldspring and Onalaska, numerous residential areas, several public boat ramps, Lake Livingston State Park, Wolf Creek Park, Tigerville Park, approximately 14 private marinas, and over 5,000 campsites are located lakeside. The lake has a normal capacity of 1,788,000 acre feet and covers 82,600 surface acres. It drains an area of 16,616 square miles. It is approximately 2 miles long and has an average depth of 55 feet. This lake is the largest lake constructed for water purposes located totally within the State of Texas, and it is the 2nd largest lake located within the borders of Texas. The undeveloped Pine Island is located in the middle of the lake. The FM 3278 Lake Livingston Bridge connects Polk and San Jacinto Counties. The Reservoir is located approximately 6 miles southwest of Livingston, Texas. For more complete lake information, go the Lake Livingston Home PageLake Livingston Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map 
 
Lake Livingston State Park Information:
This 635.5 acre park is located on the 84,800 surface-acre Lake Livingston, a reservoir on the Trinity River. It was acquired from private landowners in 1971, and opened to the public in 1977. The ghost town of Swartwout, a steamboat landing on the Trinity River in the 1830s to 1850s, is located nearby. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more complete park information watch the Park Videoand go to the Lake Livingston State Park Home Page. From Livingston, take U.S. 59 South to FM 1988. Go right (west) on FM 1988 for 4 miles to FM 3126; go right (north) to the park.
 
Lake Conroe Information:
The 20,118 surface acre Lake Conroe is located 7 miles northwest of the City of Conroe, Texas. It was impounded in 1973 on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. This 21 mile long lake is 6 miles wide at its widest point, and has 157 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 20 feet though some areas are over 65 feet deep. The lake is exclusively operated by the San Jacinto River Authority though only one-third of the lake is owned by the SJRA. The other two-thirds of the lake are owned by the City of Houston. Lake Conroe is a major recreation area. The northern portion of the lake is located in the Sam Houston National Forest.For more complete lake information, go to the Canyon Lake Home PageLake Conroe Area Map  TPWD Public Access Facilities  Current Lake Level
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar